TShirt Tuesday The Best Stranger Things Shirts

first_img Back in the days of geek prehistory, a T-shirt was a signal to the world around you that you cared about your nerdy pursuits enough to fly them like a flag. Companies like Graphitti Designs contracted with movie studios and comics publishers to create shirts with our favorite characters and sold them up on the walls of comic book stores and through mail-order.The computer revolution has enabled the T-shirt world to become something totally new – affordable production and distribution means that shirts can be printed in small quantities and sold anywhere in the world. Starting with Threadless, dozens of companies popped up letting artists and designers show their stuff. It’s a better time than ever to be a geek fashionista, and if you’re looking to expand your wardrobe we’re going to help you out every week… on T-Shirt Tuesday.This week: With a new season about to drop, let’s head back to the Upside Down in these Stranger Things shirts.Where The Upside EndsThe weird poetry books of Shel Silverstein were cultural touchstones for 80s kids, so it’s not surprising that artist charamath thought to fuse his classic Where The Sidewalk Ends with our young protagonist’s adventures in the Upside Down. This shirt hits every detail perfectly, emulating Shel’s wobbly, idiosyncratic drawing style while throwing in tons of references and Easter eggs.$20, buy it here.Darkness & DemogorgonsOne of the best things about the first season of Stranger Things was how it used D&D not just as shorthand for “these kids are nerds.” Gary Gygax’s iconic tabletop RPG gave them their sense of adventure, a willingness to accept that the world might not be as simple as it seems on the surface. Artist tomkurzanski produced this sweet shirt that frames their adventures like a classic TSR player’s guide.$20, buy it here.Journey To The Upside DownStranger Things was successful because each of its leads had such a distinctive look and personality. None of them were generic casting agency types – they were odd-looking kids with their own mojo working. That makes them extra fun for artists to interpret, like DonovanAlex did with this ably cartooned T-shirt design. With just a few simple lines, they’re evoked completely.$20, buy it here.Stranger Things LogoAttention to detail is one of the hallmarks of Stranger Things, and that definitely extends to the show’s logo. Designed by Los Angeles art director Jacob Boghosian, it obviously takes cues from the classic trade dress of Stephen King paperbacks, but tweaked and modernized. Artist cabinboy100 didn’t have to do much to translate it to a shirt, but that’s fine. Don’t mess with perfection.$20, buy it here.Dustin’s Karate ShirtWe don’t typically want to dress like characters on television, but Dustin Henderson has some pretty slick duds. Probably the most coveted item in his wardrobe is his badass “Karate” shirt, just the kind of generic graphic tee that was hot stuff among kids in the 1980s. Artist chasematt managed to painstakingly replicate every detail of the shirt from screen captures and now you can wear it on your own adventures.$20, buy it here.ElevenBeing able to move objects with your mind is pretty damn metal, so this shirt from bryanrm makes a lot of sense. Starting with a gritty halftoned photograph of actress Millie Bobby Brown and accenting it with some Nordic-style red type, the end result is something you could wear in the pit at a Slayer show without drawing any attention to yourself.$20, buy it here.D20 ThingsSome of the coolest geek T-shirts are ones that don’t immediately announce themselves up front, instead communicating in a kind of code that only the initiated understand. This slick design from SpencerFruhling illustrates that point perfectly by taking a selection of props from Stranger Things – Mike’s Millenium Falcon, the bear trap, the wrist rocket, Eleven’s wig – and arranging them within a 20-sided die.$20, buy it here.Saint BarbTypically when a supporting character bites the dust in a TV series fans move on pretty quickly – you have to raise the stakes somehow, after all. But when Barb got sucked into the Upside Down through a swimming pool and dispatched on Stranger Things, we’d just started to get to know her and the backlash was lightning-fast. Fans petitioned the Duffer Brothers to bring her back, but the best we’re going to get is this shirt by kevko76.$20, buy it here.NES ThingsArtist Just_Shrug has a really good point comparing Stranger Things to Super Mario Bros. 2 (or Doki Doki Panic if you’re nasty). Both feature a quartet of heroes who venture through mysterious portals to an alternate universe filled with pursuing horrors. So this pixel art mash-up of the two makes perfect sense and has great attention to detail.$20, buy it here.L’EggoFriends are important, but frozen pre-made breakfast waffles might be even more important. In this cheery cartooed T-shirt by artist diablo, Eleven and the Demogorgon are transplanted into a Saturday morning commercial for Eggo waffles, showing exactly what happens if a growing young lady doesn’t get that important part of a balanced breakfast.$20, buy it here.Hawkins Monster Hunt ClubShare your intent to go out at night and scour Murkwood for all of the dark and deadly creatures that may lurk there with this Hawkins Monster Hunt Club shirt by artist Stationjack, featuring a distressed minimalist design that evokes the Demogorgon’s floral head, the rose of a compass and a baseball bat studded with nails. Just a really cool, clever arrangement that lets the world know you’re on the hunt.$20, buy it here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. T-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Horror ShirtsT-Shirt Tuesday: The Best Undertale Shirts Stay on targetlast_img

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *